I want to know if your kids are anything like mine…..
Yesterday morning I asked both girls what they wanted for Christmas. I was hoping to get at least a few answers seeing as my oldest also has a birthday coming up in December.
But no, I didn’t get a few answers.
They both really wanted one thing. And that was all they could come up with.
Ava wants a Play-Doh machine that comes with Play-Doh (which means I may have to lift the Play-Doh ban from the household.) Kailyn wants a chalk board to hang in her room.
I sat there for twenty minutes trying to get them to brainstorm more ideas. But nope, that was it. Ava really, really wants Play-Doh and Kailyn has been asking for a chalk board for at least a month now.
I’m Rubbing Off on Them
To be honest I’m secretly a little proud that both girls only want one thing. I’ve always felt that the best way to teach kids is to lead by example and I think my example is finally rubbing off on them.
We’ve already gotten rid of so many toys. They don’t care. They now come up to me all the time with very matter-of-fact tones saying “Mommy I don’t want this anymore. I don’t even play with it.” Other than a few ponies and Barbie’s that are occasionally played with, the only thing my kids use on a daily basis are paper and crayons.
Kailyn is even like me when it comes to her clothes. It’s scary! If she doesn’t wear something on a regular basis she does not want it to be in her dresser. (Ava on the other hand does like to hoard clothes and shoes. She’s very glittery, girly, and a little over the top in her clothes choices. Which, of course, I enjoy watching because it is the exact opposite of me.)
While I’m proud of my kids for keeping their requests so tamed down I do want to get them more than Play-Doh and a chalk board.
Here are my gift ideas for the practical girls:
Practical Gifts for Kids
A Desk for Each of Their Rooms
I recently (finally) finished up Kailyn’s room after having it torn apart for over a month. After it was complete I put an old kid’s table and chairs in her room as a desk. The table and chair set was something we discovered the old owners left here after giving the garage a thorough clean down. While I find the set to be cute it’s meant for kids ages 3-4 not ages 5-7. It’s too little.
Since they both loved this desk in Kailyn’s room so much (Ava will get up at 5:30 in the morning, sit at that table and write) I think a desk they can grow into will be perfect. I know they’ll both absolutely love having their own big girl desks and I’m sure they’ll get plenty of use.
Snow Boots & a Snow Suit
Now that we have a lot of room to roam around, animals to feed, and a big ole hill to play on we need better snow gear.
At this point I’m not sure if I’ll get this for them or just ask my Dad since he carries this type of stuff in his store. Either way, this a great practical winter gift for kids who like to be outdoors.
Did I mention the giant hill yet? Oh yeah, we have perfect sledding grounds out here. In fact, even before we officially bought this house the girls and I were planning how much fun we’ll have sledding the hills.
Arts & Crafts Supplies
And last but not least you just can’t go wrong with arts and crafts supplies for my girls. Now if only I could teach them to consistently pick up the paper mess when they’re done………..
Other Practical Christmas Gift Ideas
If you’re doing some Cyber Monday scouting today (I am!) and need some ideas on gifts for practical minded kids here are some of the other ideas running through my head:
- Shampoo and Body Wash Sets
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste Sets
- Markers/Crayons/Colored Pencils
- Winter Gear
- New Bedding
- Tickets (Aquarium, Zoo, Etc.)
- Online Subscriptions (ABC Mouse, as an example)
- Subscription Boxes
- A Tool Set
- Gardening Set (Although not the right time of the year, my kids would love this come summer time!)
- Wagon (One of the most used gifts my kids have ever received.)
- Organizing Gear
- A Label Maker (I know that sounds weird but my kids are obsessed with my cheapie label maker.)
Any other ideas?